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Mariah Pondexter attended Next Door from ages three to five in the 1990’s. Today, she’s building an impressive resume for medical school.
Darrrian Davis and her son, Jace, joined the Next Door family from 2013 to 2015. Today, Jace is in 2nd grade and excelling both in and outside of the classroom.
Jim Benefiel started volunteering at Next Door in 2009. He is here most days of the week to help clean and repair donated books for Next Door’s Books for Kids program.
LaParis Mondy-Walton enrolled in Next Door’s adult education program in 2016 in pursuit of her high school diploma. Two years later, she earned that diploma and is now furthering her education at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Deb Williams first connected with Next Door as a student in its adult education department. Shortly after earning her GED, she joined Next Door full-time and continues serving the agency today.
Justice Johnson attended Next Door in the 1990’s and now works for the organization as a teacher.
In honor of Next Door’s 50th Anniversary, Northwestern Mutual selected Next Door as the beneficiary of its Make a Child Smile Day at Summerfest in 2019. The program collected more than 4,000 children’s books for Next Door.
As part of our 50th Anniversary Campaign, we are partnering with 50 community organizations, schools and businesses in 2019 to help support our work. One of the partners is the Milwaukee Ballet, which sent dancers to Next Door this summer for an educational program with our students.
Helwig Carbon Products Inc. played a key role in Next Door’s expansion of its early childhood education programs in the central city. The late John Koenitzer, pictured left, was president of the company in the 1980’s when he executed a plan donating Helwig Carbon’s former factory building on N. 29th Street to Next Door.
We brought the entire Next Door team together on June 14, 2019 for a special event honoring the organization’s 50th Anniversary.